WS Game 2: Cubs even series with 5-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Wouldn’t it be something if after 108 years, not only do the Cubs win the WS, but the WS MVP is someone who played in two games all year long because of a torn ACL, was 0 for 4, was activated in time for the WS, and wound up winning the WS MVP?

Kyle Schwarber had 2 hits and a walk in Game 2 of the WS, and drove in two runs. Coming off the DL, he DH’d in Cleveland, and is a poor fielder anyway. The next three games will be in Chicago, and Schwarber will probably be reduced to PH duty.

But hey, that’s what happened in 2009 with Hideki Matsui, when he DH’d for the Yankees, so you never know.

Jake Arrietta pitched a no-hitter for 5 1/3 innings before Cleveland finally got a hit in the Cubs’ 5-1 victory. The Indians got only four hits, two by Mike Napoli.

Ben Zobrist had two hits and an RBI for the Cubs and is 5 for 8 in the Series.Schwarber is 3 for 7.

Game 3 is Friday night.

Arizona Fall League: Andujar gets 3 hits.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Scottsdale Scorpions are 3-11, but I don’t really care about that. The Arizona Fall League team is made up of prospects from several different teams, and I just care about the Yankees’ prospects. If they are doing well but the rest of the team stinks, then so what?

One Yankees’ prospect doing well is 3B Miguel Andujar, who had 3 hits in Scottsdale’s 6-1 loss yesterday.

Andujar: 3 for 4, double, hitting .400. Was picked off.
Greg Bird: DH, 0 for 3 with a walk, .235.


WS Game 1: Indians shut out Cubs, 6-0.

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Indians’ catcher Roberto Perez hit two homers and drove in four runs as Cleveland beat the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series 6-0 last night.

Game 2, tonight, has been moved up one hour to a 7 PM start because of weather concerns.

Indians’ ace Corey Kluber struck out 8 in the first 3 innings, and wound up with 9 in his six innings of work. Andrew Miller (2) and Cody Allen (1) finished off the shutout. Miller did struggle, giving up 2 hits and 2 walks, but worked out of trouble each inning.

Ben Zobrist had three of the Cubs’ seven hits. Kyle Schwarber, who missed just about the whole season after suffering a torn ACL very early in the season, was activated by the Cubs and DH’d in the game. He had played in three Arizona Fall League game to prepare. Schwarber’s injury was so early on in the year that his first hit of 2016 was in this game. He had played in just two games, going 0 for 4.

Francisco Lindor had three hits for Cleveland, as did Jose Ramirez.

Arizona Fall League: Torres’ error hurts Scorpions.

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Scottsdale had a 3-0 lead entering the bottom of the ninth, but gave up five runs to lose 5-3 and fall to 3-10.

With one run in, two outs and two on in the bottom of the ninth, Yankees’ prospect Gleyber Torres made an error.  The next batter hit a walk-off grand slam.

Earlier in the day, Torres was named the player of the week in the AFL.

Here is how the Yankees’ prospects did:

Torres, 2B: 0 for 2, 2 walks, but the error. .391.

Tyler Wade, LF: 1 for 4, scored a run, RBI, struck out once. 2 stolen bases.

Brody Koerner P, started, 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walks, 3 K. 11.05
Dillon Tate P. (H, 3) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 4 K. 4.50.
J.P. Feyereisen (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walk, 1 K. 6.00.

Arizona Fall League; WS starts tonight

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Scottsdale lost last night last 12-4. They are 3-9. Here is how Yankees’ prospects did:

Greg Bird, DH: 2 for 5, scored 1 run, triple, 3 RBI, strikeout. .258

Miguel Andujar, 3B: 0 for 3, RBI, strikeout. .346

James Kaprielian P: took the Loss. 3 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 walks, 3 K. (0-1, 4.82)

The World Series is scheduled to begin in Cleveland tonight

Yankee Stadium will be undergoing changes next year.

From the NY Daily News (edited down):

….adding seven new social gathering spaces as well as additional food and beverage areas. Construction will begin this week with the anticipated debut coming prior to the start of the 2017 season.

Among the enhancements will be the Sunrun Kids Clubhouse, the first-ever children’s zone at the ballpark. Shaped like a mini-baseball field with a soft, artificial surface, the 2,850-square-foot area will be located on the 300 level in right field, outfitted with oversized baseballs, bases and baseball cards as well as a six-foot-high replica World Series trophy.

The team is also adding a MasterCard Batter’s Eye Deck located on the 200 level in center field, Bullpen Landings on the 100 level in left and right field, an AT&T Sports Lounge featuring DirecTV service in Section 134 and Budweiser Party Decks in Sections 311 and 328 featuring shaded stand-alone bar areas.

As a result of the enhancements, the Yankees are removing just under 2,100 seats, including 1,100 obstructed-view bleacher seats and approximately 600 Terrace level seats.

According to the team, once the enhancements are complete, more than 200,000 additional tickets priced $15 or less will be made available for the 2017 regular season.


Cubs win first NL pennant since 1945.

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The Chicago Cubs did what most Cubs fans never saw them do before: win the NL pennant. For the first time since 1945, the Cubs are going to the World Series. They are going to try to win the Series for the first time since 1908. Um, it’s probably safe to say that no one alive saw them WIN one.

Their opponent, the Cleveland Indians, will be going to the Series for the first time since 1997, and trying to win it for the first time since 1948.

Cue Crosby, Stills and Nash….it’s been a long time coming….

Better bring your parkas. Two cities on the Great Lakes, late October, maybe even early November if the Series lasts that long. Night games. God, how it may get cold.

The Cubs won Game Six, 5-0 to win the NLCS in six games. Co-MVPs were Jon Lester and Javy Baez.

Kyle Hendricks and Aroldis Chapman combined on a 2-hit shutout. Willson Contereras and Anthony Rizzo homered for the Cubs.

So the two big relievers that the Yankees traded away, Chapman and Miller, each make the WS. Even without the Yankees making the World Series, some semblance of the Yanks will be in the Series, what with those two big deals.


Arizona Fall League

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Here are how Yankees’ prospects did Saturday in the Arizona Fall League:

Greg Bird, DH: 0 for 3, walk, struck out twice. .231.

Nestor Cortes P, 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 18.00. 1st AFL game since assigned there.

Dillon Tate, P: 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 7.20.

Scottsdale, the team with the Yanks’ prospects, is 3-8. There are no Sunday games.